Abraham: a Man Who Waited
Abraham, son of Terah, is an excellent example of one who waited on God, but even he was not perfect in waiting. God had told Abraham to leave his country, his people, and his father’s house and go to a land God would show him and promised to make of him a great nation. While seventy-five years of age, Abraham left and took his wife Sarah and his nephew Lot with him.
During their journey they experienced a famine, went into Egypt, and because Sarah was a beautiful woman, Abraham thought he might be harmed and told Sarah to tell others she was his sister. In fact, she was his half sister, but also his wife: here we see Abraham’s first imperfection, but still as he moved from place to place, he became a wealthy in livestock, silver, and gold.
Though wealthy, Abraham had no son to become his heir, but God promised that from his body He would have many sons. Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. Abraham waited and waited but God gave him no son; so again we see another imperfection of Abraham. At Sarah’s suggestion, he conceived a son by Hagar, Sarah’s handmaiden.
But this was not the son God had promised Abraham, and when God renewed His promise of a son, Abraham was ninety-nine and Sarah was ninety; so Abraham laughed at the idea. But God assured him that he would have a son by Sarah, and his waiting almost was over, because his son Isaac was born while Abraham was 100 years of age.
Though Abraham had some faults, lack of faith was not one of them. We are not told the age of Isaac, but while a youth, God told Abraham to offer him as a sacrifice, and though Abraham loved his son very much and had waited many years for his birth; he loved God more and would have sacrificed his son had God not stopped him.
Father, though some reading this devotional today may be weary waiting for God to intervene, none have waited 100 years. Though difficult to wait when we see no evidence that God is in the process of granting our petition, we are told: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” Galatians 6: 9.